Kathryn Gray Madison, Ind. / 26 Biosystems Engineering MS, 2013, BS 2011 University of Kentucky Manufacturing Engineer Altec Industries, Elizabethtown, Ky. My goal?—to be a problem solver. The variety and scope of topics to problem-solve in biosystems engineering are extremely relevant— topics that are in the news today. I love my big Southeastern Conference school with its small biosystems department of motivated students and faculty. It gave me exposure to many types of challenges within a terrific curriculum. Today, I can quickly triage situations and dive in with a well-rounded engineering solution. During my sophomore year, I got involved in research with an opportunity to be part of a cross-discipline team working on lignocellulosic biofuel production. That team evolved into the group with whom I did my master’s research. I set my own schedule, keeping the group informed of my work. I was also an engineering intern for Vehicle Service Group in Madison, Ind. As an engineering representative for a cross-discipline brand comparison team, I contributed to prototype development and responded to customer issues. The communication skills I learned in both jobs are utilized on a daily basis in my current position. Between my freshman and sophomore years, I spent six weeks in Karlsruhe, Germany, taking Calculus III. I lived with a host family and visited engineering facilities—an incredible experience forcing me out of my comfort zone. I didn’t know the language or the people I was traveling with, but I would return tomorrow if that was an option! A highlight was being in Munich after Germany defeated Portugal in the Eurocup quarter finals. In Kentucky, we get excited about basketball, but compared to an entire country celebrating? Wow!
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